The elephant has left the room. But at least it didn’t leave behind a pile of dung.
Talk of the 2016 Republican National Convention taking place here in Las Vegas was precisely that — talk.
Yap. Yap. Yap.
Yada. Yada. Yada.
Given their penchant for Judeo-Christian inspired fantasy, the notion of GOP delegates making pilgrims of themselves and wandering off into the desert might seem appropriate, at least until one considers the factual prescribed destination, which might as well be the 21st Century’s reincarnation of Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet while Las Vegas remains the capital of so-called vice and sin, it’s also become the ultimate hangout for those who value the actual practice of individual freedom. Which is precisely why this city never stood a fighting chance to host the national convention. Because the party that talks all the time about freedoms really isn’t in favor of those things at all.
The right of an individual to conduct intimate relationships in the intimacy of his or her own home seems to me to be the heart of the Constitution’s protection of privacy.
— Harry A. Blackmun (Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)
Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.
— Marlon Brando (Academy Award-Winning Actor)
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By now, just about everyone has heard the outrageous remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, first reported a few days ago.
Sterling, who owns the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers franchise, made some shockingly insensitive verbal remarks with highly-offensive racial overtones during a private telephone call, which was secretly recorded by a former girlfriend. Now estranged from her former sugar daddy, the gold-digger went public with an abbreviated audio segment of a heated conversation between the two, which included Sterling’s ghastly rant against Black people.
The comments speak for themselves. They’re as appalling as they are indefensible. No one can possibly justify the content nor the context in which they were made. Moreover, they’re consistent with Sterling’s well-documented pattern of discrimination and racial insensitivity as a businessman.
Nevertheless, Sterling does have one credible mode of defense in his corner, and that’s his inherent right to personal privacy.
Former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, just another pimped out politician for sale
Everything’s for sale if the price is right.
Especially, washed-up politicians.
Take for instance the discarded rejects plucked out of the political junkyard who have been recruited by both sides in the online gambling debate, which is currently underway in Washington. A cursory glance of the “free agents” signed by both camps leaves a lot to be desired. Problem is, virtually none of these people who have joined the ongoing debate recently have any credibility. Everyone knows their opinions and voices were for sale.
An organization billing itself as the “Coalition to Stop Online Gambling,” which in reality is a one-man front bankrolled almost entirely by billionaire bully Sheldon Adelson of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, recently announced they’ve added the services of a former U.S. Senator named Blanche Lincoln to their board. Don’t worry — you’re not alone. I had to look up her name, too.
Hiring a former senator who served two full terms might seem to be a feather in the cap of any political organization vying for attention. That is, until one realizes Sen. Lincoln has sold off enough of her feathers already to stuff a chicken. She’s repeatedly pimped herself out to powerful multinational conglomerates willing to pay her price, including most recently — Walmart and Monsanto. Now, add Adelson’s name to her little black book of “do no-good.” Does anyone see a pattern emerging here? First Walmart, then Monsanto, now Adelson — three mega-giants in their respective fields willing to do just about anything to gain political favor and destroy competition. Hand it to Sen. Lincoln, though. At least she’s consistent in the kind of company she keeps.
Two inexplicable events happened this past weekend here in Southern Nevada.
First, a heavily-armed mob numbering more than a thousand gathered just outside the small town of Bunkerville, which is about 80 miles from Las Vegas. The mob gathered in support of an outlaw rancher who admits he owes the national treasury more than a million dollars in fees and back payments. He’s openly defied several court orders and continues to ignore federal laws which presumably govern everyone else, but obviously don’t apply to him.
About the same time, a similiar number of Nevada Republicans held their semi-annual convention at the South Point Casino, in Las Vegas. Delegates and party loyalists met on Saturday and Sunday to hammer out a new state platform and endorse a slate of candidates for the upcoming primaries.
While these events might seem unrelated, the two groups that assembled a little more than an hour’s drive apart have essentially come to define today’s conservative movement — not just here in Nevada, but across many western states.
“My message to Republicans considering holding their 2016 national convention in Las Vegas is this….STAY OUT! WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE!”
In the news today, the far-right wing of the Republican Party (translation: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY) made it official.
They oppose the 2016 Republican National Convention being held in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas had been reported as one of the early frontrunners to host the next national convention. If either major political party were to hold its gathering in Las Vegas, that would indeed be big news for our fair city, which still seems determined to try and diversify its image and shed its association with gambling (and other forms of “vice”).
Meanwhile, most of us frankly don’t care what anyone else thinks of us. We’re perfectly happy to live here and let everyone think we’re a bunch of gangsters. Maybe that will keep people from moving here. Well on second thought, given that Las Vegas has been one of America’s fastest-growing cities for the past decade, maybe not.